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The 25-year-old is open to opportunities in both CS:GO and VALORANT.
Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit is no longer contracted to Cloud9 and is free to explore his options, it has been announced. The Australian coach arrived on Cloud9 in January following the departure of Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović but was only part of the lineup for two months before the organisation put their Counter-Strike division on hold and made all players available for transfer.
Cloud9 are now left with only Patrick “es3tag” Hansen still under contract following the lateral move of Erick “Xeppaa” Bach and Ricky “floppy” Kemery to the organisation’s VALORANT division, and the release of their remaining members.
The departure of the 25-year-old Australian marks the end of his second tenure with Cloud9, having previously spent a short period with the organisation’s previous squad, led by Damian “daps” Steele, before their move to Gen.G.
Despite finding limited success with Cloud9‘s European project, Elmapuddy previously coached Gen.G to a win at DreamHack Open Anaheim, one of the last notable LAN events to take place, as well as a first-place finish in the first North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event of 2020, ESL One: Road to Rio.
Lyngby Vikings have completed an overhaul of their CS:GO roster with three new signings, which sees the Danish organization move away from an international lineup as they added former Copenhagen Flames players Marcus “maNkz” Kjeldsen and Jakob “Daffu” Schildt, and ex Quantum Bellator Fire member Theis “J3nsyy” Jensen.
The move comes in the aftermath of Henrik “FeTiSh” Christensen‘s team’s turbulent start to 2021, during which Lyngby Vikings played with more than ten different players after going international in January.
The latest iteration featured the two long-time members, Rasmus “raalz” Steensborg and Thomas “birdfromsky” Due-Frederiksen, who remain part of the organization moving forward, as well as anarkez, FASHR, and hns, who have departed the active roster following a brief spell with the Danish side.
Two of the new additions, maNkz and Daffu, are no strangers to the organization, with the former having played under the Lyngby Vikings banner for six months in 2020 and the latter for nearly two years in 2018-2020 before they both moved on to Copenhagen Flames.
Lyngby Vikings‘ new team looks as follows:
Henrik “FeTiSh” Christensen (coach)
Thai esports organization NG has closed its doors, announcing the news on their Facebook on Friday. In the post, one of the organization’s owners Samakorn Mahawong was singled out as the reason for the operation shutting down, as his actions “led to an inevitable fall of the project due to lack of investment and support that was promised,” it is claimed.
The remaining co-founders were not responsible for Mahawong’s actions as the director of NG, according to the announcement, in which it is explained that the “CS:GO team, social media team, and the co-owners will continue to operate under a new banner” while looking for funding that would allow them to reach the vision they have for the team.
The former NG roster features standout players from five different Asian countries, with Hyun-Pyo “XigN” Lee headlining the team. Former TYLOO and Grayhound members Kevin “xccurate” Susanto and Erdenetsogt “erkaSt” Gantulga brought international experience to the table, with Thotsaphon “cbbk” Suphatthanaphalaphon and in-game leader Anthony “ImpressioN” Lim completing the lineup.
NG‘s team was finalized in January and played a limited number of HLTV-featured matches since, but intends to stick together as a five-man squad in hopes of leaving a mark on the Asian scene in the long run. The ex-NG squad is yet to announce under which name they will be competing moving forward.
NG had the following roster:
Piyangoon “MYM” Kitisin (coach)
The Polish team’s roster is once again complete following the departure of Arek “Vegi” Nawojski.
PACT have announced the signing of their new fifth player, Bartosz “bnox” Niebisz. The 21-year-old has joined the Polish side from Pompa to fill the gap left by Vegi, who stepped down from the team in April only three months into his stint.
The changes come in the aftermath of a disappointing showing in the 36th season of ESEA Premier, in which the Dawid “lunAtic” Cieślak-led squad placed 16th after winning two in eight matches in Group B, resulting in the organization’s demotion to ESEA Advanced for season 37.
bnox finalizes PACT’s lineup after a brief trial
bnox was bought out from his previous organization, Pompa, following a two-week trial period, during which he played his first official matches with PACT in qualifiers for IEM Summer and Flashpoint 3 without success and helped them pick up two wins in LOOT.BET Season 9.
His debut as a permanent member of the squad will take place in the last round of the latter tournament’s Swiss group stage, in which PACT are set to lock horns with compatriots Anonymo for a spot in the playoffs on Friday at 13:20 .
With bnox‘s addition, the Polish organization’s roster is:
Vincent “vinS” Jozefiak (coach)
Illuminar have parted ways with their Counter-Strike squad, the Polish organisation announced on Saturday. Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł, Illuminar’s Head of Esports, cited a “change in strategy and direction” as the reason behind the decision, adding that the players’ contracts were terminated by mutual agreement.
“I have no doubts that each of them will find a place in the top team,” he said. “The CS: GO division in Illuminar has not been closed, and plans for it will be presented shortly”.
The Polish team struggled for success after signing with Illuminar in February, dropping out of the top 100 in the world rankings in mid-April. The team’s star AWPer, Kuba “Markoś” Markowski, confirmed on Twitter that the squad will play out the ESL Polish Championship 2021 Spring and the Polish Esports League together, with the future after that left unclear.
The following players are now free agents:
The Danish rifler is officially free to sign with another organisation.
Philip “aizy” Aistrup is no longer tied to North, the Danish player announced on Wednesday. The 24-year-old had been on the bench since he and Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen were replaced by Rasmus “kreaz” Johansson and Kristoffer “Kristou” Aamand in late November after the organisation drew up a new strategy focused on talent development.
Less than three months later, North were shut down by Parken Sport & Entertainment and Nordisk Film, which cited the global health situation’s impact on the esports industry as the reason to cease their investment.
aizy had a four-year spell with North following his transfer from FaZe in February 2017. He helped the team to pick up title wins from DreamHack Masters Stockholm in 2018 and from DreamHack Open events in Montreal, Tours, Valencia and Sevilla between 2017 and 2019.
In March, he linked up with his former North teammates Nicklas “gade” Gade and Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye in a new team called HYENAS, who also include Johannes “b0RUP” Borup and Frederik “Fessor” Sørensen. The team recently competed in the second open qualifier for IEM Summer, in which they were knocked out by MAD Lions in the Round of 32.
FURIA, Liquid, Evil Geniuses and EXTREMUM have received invites to the group stage of cs_summit 8 as the highest-ranked teams in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) standings, while Extra Salt, paiN, GODSENT and Bad News Bears have been invited to the closed qualifier.
The closed stage will run from May 14-18 and feature the aforementioned quartet as well as four sides from the open qualifiers. All matches will be played as best-of-three affairs in a double-elimination bracket, with the top four advancing to the next phase.
Phase three will see the main event of cs_summit 8 kick off with two GSL groups, where FURIA, Liquid, Evil Geniuses and EXTREMUM will square off with the four best teams from the closed stage from May 20-24. The top two sides from each group will progress to the playoffs’ upper bracket and the third-placed teams to the lower bracket.
The playoffs will take place from May 26-30 to round out the $50,000 RMR event and culminate with a best-of-five grand final, with a 5th-6th place decider also being played to determine the final standings.
The cs_summit 8 team list can be found below:
The closed qualifier will have the following teams:
The Regional Major Ranking standings for North America, which have been updated to reflect roster changes and the subsequent point deductions, currently looks as follows:
The former Cloud9 entry-fragger began playing with High Coast at the start of March following his benching from Extra Salt but was only officially announced as a trial member towards the end of the month.
During his tenure as a part of the Swedish organisation, motm averaged a 1.12 rating, but the team as a whole continued to play second fiddle to Extra Salt and Bad News Bears. The former emerged as the victors in qualifiers for European events, while the latter recently qualified for ESL Pro League by winning ESEA Premier Season 36.
“Our situation is really complicated right now and I’m scrambling to figure things out before the roster deadline for the next season,” High Coast coach Joseph “Muenster” Lima explained when contacted by HLTV.org. “Honestly, I’m really unsure about what’s going to happen and where things are going to go from here.
“Everyone is free to explore other opportunities if they chose which is what Ian is doing and I wish him luck in his search. He was a great teammate and amazing player and would be a great addition to any roster.”
High Coast are not among the teams signed up to compete in the first cs_summit 8 qualifier, set to play out from May 1-2. With the start of the next ESEA Premier season also nearing, ben1337‘s side will need to resolve their roster uncertainty in short order.
Joseph “Muenster” Lima (coach)